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Victoria needs real investment in public transport to fight congestion, say Greens

Media Release
Janet Rice 14 Nov 2018

Following publication of a report by the Public Transport Users Association, the Greens are calling on Labor and Liberal to get serious about investing in public transport.

“We’ve seen mega freeways and toll roads prioritised over real congestion-busting solutions for decades,” said Sam Hibbins, Victorian Greens transport spokesperson.

“It’s time Labor and Liberal get serious about investing in public transport. While it’s great the Victorian government is finally building much-needed public transport projects like Melbourne Metro, the reality is that projects like this are only catching up with past demand.”

“The Greens have a real congestion-busting plan that includes extending Melbourne Metro, planning for Melbourne Metro 2 and providing 30 new high-capacity trams every year for the next 10 years. This will get Melbourne moving again and free up our roads for those that have to use them.”

“The solution is simple - we need our state and federal governments to be investing in transport solutions of the future, not the past,” said Senator Janet Rice, Australian Greens transport spokesperson.

“How will Melbourne cope once we get to 8 million people, as is currently projected, if Labor and Liberal keep throwing billions of dollars to build expensive and polluting toll roads?”

“A high-capacity train line carries the same amount of people as 10 lanes of traffic and doesn’t clog our street with cars or pollute the air we breathe. This is what we need, not more roads.”

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